32nd IGI Conference

32nd IGI Conference
West Bengal State University
21 - 23 January 2021


The changes in the global environment affect the geomorphic processes and human interaction with landscape. In the last few decades, drastic alterations in global environmental has brought forward the study of anthropogenic geomorphology. During the past few centuries, humans have emerged as an effective geomorphological agent in both local and global contexts. Through deliberate modification of geomorphic systems, humans have become the most important geomorphic agent in the Anthropocene. The anthropic changes in the upcoming decades will not only determine the ways in which we adapt to climate change and occurrences of natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, melting of ice caps, floods, coastal or river bank erosion and sea level rise; but also determine the ways in which the geomorphic systems will respond to these changes. It becomes essential to analyse the potential impact of environmental change on a range of landscapes, such as mountains, lakes, floodplains, deltas, coasts and deserts.

The 32nd IGI Conference proposes to provide a platform to the Geomorphologists of our country to share their knowledge about the role that humans play in changing the terrestrial morphology and how the humans in turn adapt to the changing geomorphic environment. Keeping in view the recent trends of Geomorphic research in the Anthropocene, the focal theme of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) has been selected as — ‘Geomorphology for Human Adaptation to Changing Environment’.

Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) is the national platform exclusively dedicated to the research and development in the field of geomorphology in India. The idea of forming the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) was seeded at the International Conference of Geomorphology and Environment held at the University of Allahabad in 1987.

Affiliated to the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) www.geomorph.org, the primary objectives of the IGI are ● to bring all earth scientists dealing with geomorphology and allied disciplines on a common platform; ● to hold annual conferences in different parts of the country; ● to publish a research journal; ● to encourage young scholars in doing research in geomorphology and ● to give emphasis on research related to human society and its welfare viz. environmental geomorphology, urban geomorphology, environmental hazards and their management on different spatial and temporal scales.

1. Geomorphology and landscape ecology
Landscape ecology studies the natural and anthropogenic processes in light of their present functionality and attempts to forecast the geomorphic form. The spatial distribution of anthropogenic structures is always adjusted to topographic conditions and the micro- and meso-elements of topography are often totally destroyed by terrain modifications, such as levelling. The degree of human impact on landform is based on a number of geomorphic indicators like rate of soil erosion, surface dissection, artificial excavation features etc. Based on these indicators, geomorphology and landscape ecology can make significant contributions to landscape planning.
2. Slope movements: assessment and management
Slope movements take place due to decrease in shear resistance, which result from either internal or external causes. The internal causes usually involve changes in the physical or chemical properties of the material. External factors which lead to an increase in shear stress involve natural or human induced disturbances. The effective management of slope failures addresses those conditions that prepare the slope material for failure and those forces that actually trigger the failure. The main geomorphological role is to assess and delineate the susceptible zones on the basis of past and present visible evidences and carry out geotechnical site investigation for implementing proper management technique.
3. Geomorphic response of fluvial systems to flood management and river regulation
Natural Rivers are sensitive to human interference which causes change in channel characteristics. Direct consequences of engineering works including channelization, dam construction and diversion; have been long recognised, but the indirect effects like alterations of land use on channel reaches are more recently being appreciated. These transformations cause significant changes in the channel system through increased rates of erosion or deposition. Fluvial geomorphology can also present innovative approaches to flood prevention, river maintenance and floodplain restoration.
4. Geomorphic response of coastal systems to natural and anthropogenic stressors
The dynamism of the coastal zone results from complex interactions among the natural processes, which has been further complicated by rapidly growing human interventions. Over half of the world’s coastline is modified by hard engineering structures, constructed for land reclamation, trade, resource exploitation and coastal protection. Any integrated approach towards sustainable management of the coast therefore must be interdisciplinary in manner, bringing coastal geomorphologists and coastal planning authorities under the same umbrella.
5. Geomorphological responses to urban development
Urbanization is an anthropogenic mechanism of changing the cityscape that produces a variety ofadjustment in man-environmental relationship. In last few decades, the anthropogenic activities are transforming the natural landscape which consequently alters the nature of the study of geomorphology. Urban geomorphology, a recent but useful branch of applied geomorphology, deals with factors such as topological signature, hydro-lithological processes, which are significant in determining the rate of urbanisation. An urban geomorphological investigation can evaluate the resource potential, stability of ground surface and land use planning of urban areas.
6. Monitoring and mapping geomorphic processes and forms
With innovations in the field of remote sensing, the application of geoinformatics has become essential in modern geomorphological research. Geoinformatics is a combined approach of science and technology which deals with collection of spatio-temporal geographical data, modification and production of a set of information according to the requirements of the user. In recent geomorphic research, the hierarchy of different process-based systems are represented in a conceptual and quantitative manner by using geomorphic modelling, correlating geomorphic forms and processes.
7. Geomorphology of extreme events
The increasing frequency and severity of extreme events are becoming apparent over multi decadal timescales. Occurrences of high-magnitude events like extreme rainfall, tsunami, catastrophic landslide, etc. triggers significant changes in landforms. This branch of geomorphology is a unique discipline examining the impact of different extreme events on the landform and to analysing the societal adaptation to these.
8. Geomorphosites and geotourism
Geological or geomorphological elements of nature can qualify as geomorphosites, if they are worthy of being conserved as a natural heritage. Many of these sites are already modified, damaged or partially destroyed by human impacts. The new interest of the scientific community for the geomorphological heritage sites call for a need to recognise and categorise these by assessing their scientific, cultural, aesthetic, social, and economic values. Popularisation of the geomorphosites can be achieved through geotourism, which promotes visits to locations, conservation of geo-diversity and an understanding of earth sciences through appreciation and learning.
The scope of the Conference, however, is not necessarily restricted within its focal theme and focus areas. Any person interested in Geomorphology is invited to join the Conference and present her or his work on Geomorphology and/or take part in the proceedings.
Important Dates and Times( Subject to change with prior notification )
  • Abstract Submission starts : 21 November 2020
  • Abstract Submission closes : 05 January 2021
  • Acceptance Notification by : 10 January 2021
  • Registration starts : 21 November 2020
  • Registration closes : 10 January 2021
  • Conference Inauguration : 21 January 2021, 12:00 hrs.
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